Wayne Stenehjem on Abortion
Exceptions for rape & incest, but sign other pro-life bills
One of the sharper exchanges came over the issue of abortion. Candidates were asked if they would've signed the multiple pieces of abortion legislation signed by Gov. Dalrymple in 2013, some of which have been litigated in court and defended by
Stenehjem's office since then.
Becker said he was pro-life and that it's the government's responsibility to protect human life. Stehehjem said he'd have signed the legislation and is pro-life. He also recognizes exceptions for rape and incest.
Burgum took a different tone, rejecting labeling sides and saying he'd prefer to put the issue to a vote of the people. "This is too important for any one person to vote on," Burgum said of signing abortion legislation.
Stenehjem latched on to Burgum's statement, saying the Legislature passes bills and it's up to the governor to act. "You have to make a decision," Stenehjem said.
Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial debate
, Mar 3, 2016
Supports waiting periods and parental notification
Stenehjem indicated support of the following principles concerning abortion:
Source: 1996 North Dakota National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 1996
- Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
- Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
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